Industry leaders join together to advance the state of the IoE
So far, the Internet has been an Internet of people – connecting people around the world through telecommunications. People send, receive, and analyze information flowing through the Internet. Now a whole new front is about to open up – machines talking to machines (M2M), sending, analyzing, and receiving data without any human input. Experts call this impending reality the Internet of Everything, or the IoE.
The Internet of Everything means applications that once seemed part of science-fiction utopian writing can now become part of our lives – perhaps in as little time as five years. A keyless door unlocked by your smartphone, with limited-time guest access sent to your friends; vehicle-to-vehicle communications which means your cars will automatically detect its proximity to another car – avoiding a potential collision; improved package – and asset-tracking technology that will completely transform business logistics and the scope of delivery capabilities – astoundingly these form only a small portion of vast potential IoE applications.
Banding Together For Philippine IoE
To position the country to take advantage of this new technology, a group of the nation’s top leaders and experts in their respective fields, ranging from academe to various industries like telcos, banks, and utilities, was formed. The Philippine Internet of Everything Consortium (PIoEC) will efficiently pool resources and direct efforts towards a concerted, unified, and expertly led drive to develop, monitor, and enhance the state of IoE in the Philippines.
Members of this exclusive invitation-only consortium include international corporations like Cisco, Infosys, and Samsung, all willing to bring global best practices to the Philippines. Academe representatives like Far Eastern University and the University of the Philippines are also at the ready to educate students and dedicate research and development towards this important topic, while local corporate leaders from a wide variety of industries like BDO, Meralco, Air21, eScience, PLDT and SMART; and organizations like SEIPI (Semiconductor Electronics Industry Foundation, Inc.) are ready to do their share.
Recently the group elected their board of directors, with SEIPI President Dan Lachica elected as Chairman of the Board, and PLDT FVP Jovy Hernandez elected as Vice Chairman. The other seven elected members of the PIoEC Board are BDO Consumer Lending Group – Merchant Acquiring Services Vice President Gilbert Ramos, Cormant Technologies CEO Ian Wilson, Meralco Strategy and Innovation Head Dr. Engr. Bartosz Wojszczyk, Concepcion-Carrier Air Conditioning Company ICT Director Sean Byrne, UP Professor of Computer Science Dr. Jaime Caro, Cisco Philippines Country Manager Louie Castañeda, and eScience CEO Ricky Dagelet.
Mr. Lachica cited the recent World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index Ranking, which shows the Philippines advancing 7 places to 52nd out of 144 economies in 2014-2015. “One of the factors that spurred us upwards was the recognition of the Philippines as one of the best digitally connected developing Asian nations. The formation of the Consortium is therefore timely and much needed,” he noted. Moving forward, PIoEC hopes to link and coordinate the considerable expertise, talent and resources of its members to drive the Philippines towards an IoE-empowered future.